Hollywood – Apple Corps and EMI announced on Tuesday that
they will reissue 15 albums originally released by Apple Records, a label
launched by the Beatles in 1968 to release their own and friends’ recordings.
While the reissues will not include any Beatles albums, remastered versions of
albums from James Taylor, Badfinger, Billy Preston, Mary Hopkin and others will
be released on CD and digital download.
The reissues, which will notably mark
"the first ever Apple Records releases to be available via digital
download," are slated for release on Oct. 26.
The move follows years of
wrangling over the release of the lucrative Beatles catalog on digital.
Paul McCartney told the BBC in May that labels were to blame for the delay.
"It’s been business hassles," McCartney told the BBC. "Not with
us, or iTunes. It’s the people in the middle, the record label. There have been
all sorts of reasons why they don’t want to do it."